What is the point of education?

The notion that we might have to help our students develop an understanding of the links between education and careers might seem strange. But there is a lot of evidence to suggest this is exactly what needs to be done.

Indeed, it could be said that we need to broaden student horizons by educating them about the wide range of opportunities that are available in the world of work.

Career Detectives – a board game for use in schools – aims to do just this by providing a range of stimulating information about careers across all sectors within the context of a set of activities that can be completed in the classroom.

Working within the format of the game it enhances and raises awareness of key skills including team work, communication, leadership, creativity and confidence and embeds other key learning outcomes including healthy eating and citizenship.

Career Detectives has within it enough material for an entire term’s work. It also works on a diverse range of issues from key skills to healthy eating, from personal attitudes to citizenship.

At the same time it helps students to discover all about the world of work and which careers may interest them.

What’s more, using Career Detectives can also enhance your outcomes when Ofsted inspect as it enables you to demonstrate spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in your school. It also helps in a number of other areas, details of which can be found on our website.

In a world in which many people are perceived to be successful irrespective of their education, Career Detectives offers a stimulating alternative vision.

There is more information available on Career Detectives here.

AQA GCSE Design Technology Practice Papers (2012 CONTEXTS)

Available for Resistant Materials Technology (4552) and Graphic Products (4562)

Essential exam practice for this summer and beyond

Exclusive to ZigZag Education are 2 original practice papers with supporting mark schemes – available separately for AQA GCSE Resistant Materials and Graphic Products.

The papers are based around the summer 2012 contexts set by AQA:

Resistant Materials: The storage of small items and the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Graphic Products: Collecting money for charity
Written by a senior Design Technology examiner, the papers have been carefully tailored to mimic the format and style of the AQA examination to provide your students with the best possible exam preparation. The mark schemes contain clear guidance and example answers for hassle-free marking.

For a preview of the entire resource and to order, see: zigzag.at/AQA-DT-2012

The 2012 Practice Papers for AQA GCSE Resistant Materials and Graphic Products are available separately as available as Photocopy masters, PDF files and editable Word files.

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